Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Ever since Pope Francis published Amoris Laetitia last April, debate has swirled around the issue which drove the Synod on the Family which produced it: did the pontiff approve of communion to divorced and remarried Catholics without first receiving an annulment? The cardinal in charge of the commission on canon law says yes — in certain circumstances, at least in his personal opinion. In a new booklet titled The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio argues that those divorced and remarried Catholics who truly repent of their situation but cannot change it without incurring more sin should be admitted to the full sacramental life:
"Truly repent of their situation but cannot change it without incurring more sin"? Is this any different from wishing your life was different that it is? I think that's true of just about everybody. I for one should have been born very wealthy, and smarter, and with a much greater aptitude for hard work. Why I wasn't, I have no idea.